Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S., University of Minnesota
Dr. Kate Steffens is the dean of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. Prior to that, she was the dean of the College of Education at St. Cloud State University, where she also served as associate dean, assessment director, interim associate vice president for academic affairs, and as a special education faculty member. Dr. Steffens also taught at Bemidji State University and held several roles at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Steffens has a strong commitment to accreditation and served as co-chair of the St. Cloud State University’s Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Review Council and provided leadership for the past two successful accreditation visits from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Dr. Steffens serves as a member and chair of the NCATE Board of Examiners and is a national consultant on assessment and accreditation.